Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Puzzle Reindeer Ornaments

I've seen these all over Pinterest, but I'm going to share mine anyways!  They are just so darn cute and easy.  You most likely have all the pieces needed at home already.  You can use them as a sweet gift tag, name tags at the dinner table, gifts to grandparents or make all 8 of Santa's reindeer for a cute display!

Materials needed:
Puzzle pieces (any size will work, as long as you use the same for each reindeer)
Eyes (googly eyes, buttons, what ever you have on hand)
Jingle bell (or a pom pom will work for the nose as well)
Ribbon for hanging
Brown paint (acrylic works best)
Hot glue/elmers glue/tacky glue

Give thought to the shape of your puzzle pieces.  Play around with the way you want her to look. After you've figured it out, glue it together.  After it has dried, paint and add embellishments!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Felt Christmas Trees

Years ago my mother gave me a box filled with ornaments that were "mine" from our family Christmas tree.  Among these were these tiny vintage wooden ornaments that my brother and I loved playing with when we were kids.  How special that my mom had given them to me to pass down to my own children!  I immediately knew what I was going to do with them.

But before I show you those, I wanted to show you an easy (yet a bit tedious) craft/decoration.

Felt Christmas Trees:

Materials needed:
Felt (or any material you have on hand)
Circle template (I used a plastic lid)
Hot glue/fabric glue/elmers glue
Styrofoam tree cones (found mine at Michaels)
Buttons/sequins/mini ornaments/jewels/beads

Start by cutting a larger circle for your base.  Glue it to the bottom and then wrap it around the edges (this gives a nicer finished look).  Next, add layers and layers of circles.  This part is up to you.  Be creative!  I overlapped mine in a half hazard way.  Usually when I'm not trying to be perfect it turns out just the way I want it.  :) Once you reach the tippy top pinch a few together to make the peak.

After you finished making your trees you can embellish them in any way, or leave them as is.  You could even use white acrylic paint and stipple around the circles to give the illusion of snow

Here is my finished product (with buttons as ornaments) along with my son's "Christmas Town" small world.  Adorned with snow batting, trees and vintage wooden ornaments he happily greets each new toy in awe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Suncatcher

Are you ready for another apple activity?  Good!  

Materials needed:
Construction paper
Tissue paper
Watered down glue
Transparency paper

I pre cut (side note: the kids are totally capable, but sometimes I just do it for time constraints) apple shapes by folding a piece of construction paper in half.  This way the apple is symmetrical and it's easier to get the inside out.  Make sense?  
Glue a piece of transparency paper underneath the apple.  Then proceed to paint the watery glue over top and add tissue paper.  Allow to dry and then add to the window.  So pretty!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Apple Pies

I love apple pie.  Actually, I love pie. Any pie.  Unfortunately I'm not a pie maker.  Until now!

During apple week I was trying to find an easy way to make individual apple pies for the kids at school.  This my friends was too easy.  The kids are really to take credit.  And that could be why they turned out so good!

Ingredients Needed:
Pre-made pie crust

1. Peel (not necessary, though) and dice the apples.
2. Stir the apples together with cinnamon and sugar.
3. Roll out dough and cut circles with a cup.
4. Pinch the sides of the crust to make a bowl shape and pour in the apple mixture.  Add a topper and pinch together.
5. I popped them into a 300 degree toaster oven for about 7-10 minutes.

You could get fancy with the tops by putting a lattice on but I'm too lazy and just wanted to munch! I just needed some vanilla ice cream....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tearing Paper to Make Apple Fun!

  School started about a month ago so I'm beginning to get a groove again.  After having my second baby this past spring it's been difficult to get settled.  So with saying that, I'm not going to jinx myself, but I think I'm back.

This past week we had some apple fun.  Take a look at what we've done in the past like, apple books, apple prints, apple math games, apple trees and Apple A's.  Here is what we did this time.

This craft was inspired by Krokotak

We also made another version of our yearly apple tree:

Ripped trunk/branches/leaves
Wine cork stamped apples

I guess I was all about tearing and ripping paper this week!  None the less, it was fun

Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of School Year Art

I had to say good bye to some pretty awesome kids last week.  My little baby birds grew their wings and are taking flight to kindergarten!  One of my favorite projects to do at the end of the year is this super cool multi-media art piece.  I started off just doing it with the kids who were moving on but made a slightly different piece for the younger kids.

This piece is the one the kindergartner-to-be does:

Media: crayon, watercolor, photography and poetry

To take the photo I had each child give me a profile view and pretend they were yelling.  A lot of laughter came from this.  :)  I then asked the children a series of questions like what their favorite color is, what they like to eat, play, etc.  Print, cut, glue.  I absolutely love the way these turned out!

For the little guys I had them color and paint like above, but the photo portion was a bit different.  I took them outside and took a series of jumping shots.  Again, a lot of laughter ensued!